Social Media

Stepping outside my (literary) comfort zone

|
I have a habit of reading a lot of the same genre of books--mostly thrillers and contemporary novels. But something that I'm really trying to do this year is to step out of my comfort zone. I read a science-fiction thriller a few weeks ago, and I liked it a lot more than I thought I would, but I'm hoping to expand this selection even more. 

the nightingale, the orphans tale, the girl from savoy

Hiddensee, the beginning of the world in the middle of the night, murders in the rue morge, tales of mystery and imagination

The few historical fictions that I've read, I've really enjoyed, especially All the Light We Cannot See and The Cottingley Secret. I've heard that The Nightingale is a spectacular novel, and found it on Book Outlet a few summers ago. I also found The Orphan's Tale for $2 in my used bookstore and thought it sounded beautiful, albeit it devastating. And I'm excited to read more Hazel Gaynor (author of The Cottingley Secret), and found The Girl from Savoy in my favourite used bookstore as well.

I also want to venture into the world of darker, mysterious, fairy-tale esque novels. I know this is more of a broad topic, but I figured it's a better way to ease myself in. I love the few Poe stories I've read in school, and when I saw that Tales of Mystery and Imagination contained The Murders in the Rue Morge, I knew I had to have it. I've heard wonderful things about Jen Campbell's dark and twisted short stories in The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night and ordered it from Book Depository since it wasn't available in Canada. And bringing up the rear is Hiddensee by the author of Wicked.

I have so many books on my TBR list (literally my entire bookcase upstairs is unread books), so I don't want to promise I'll get to them and review them anytime soon, but I'm hoping to try at least a couple before the end of the year.

Do you read a lot of the same genre, or do you read a more diverse selection?

xoxo K